The Baltimore Orioles are still working out a trade for Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Morse, but have stopped discussions with the Minnesota Twins about Josh Willingham, reports Roch Kubatko of MASN.
The Orioles seemed unlikely to acquire both players. Morse and Willingham are both right-handed power hitters who can help platoon with Nate McLouth in leftfield and pick up some at-bats at DH. The Twins are asking for "way too much" in return for Willingham, sources have told Kubatko.
Morse is expected to come cheaper than Willingham for a couple of reasons. The Mariners outfielder will be a free agent this winter, while Willingham is signed for $7 million next year. Morse has also had a disappointing season at the plate, entering Friday batting .226/.283/.410.
Baltimore would expect Morse to perform better at Camden Yards than he has so far at Camden Fields; our own Nathan Aderhold explains the differences between the two parks for right-handed hitters:
According to Statcorner, the three-year park factor at Safeco for right-handed homers is just 74, meaning they hit dingers there with 26 percent less frequency than in a neutral park. Meanwhile, in Camden Yards, the park factor for right-handed home runs in 116, which is a massive swing in Morse's favor.
Morse hit well for the Washington Nationals from 2009-2012, batting .294/.343/.514 over four seasons.